Physical Therapy for Spinal Patients

At the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center, we believe physical therapy plays an important role in the rehabilitation of individuals suffering from acute or chronic back pain. Physical therapists at the center use a combination of passive physical therapy and active physical therapy (exercise) to provide pain relief and increase function.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center is a center with a well equipped gym dedicated to providing comprehensive physical therapy programs for surgical and nonsurgical patients. Rehabilitation services are provided by a dedicated physical therapy team experienced in total spine care. These services are coordinated across the continuum of care by a specialized team of physicians including neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists and other specialists.

Each patient who is referred to the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center receives an assessment by a licensed physical therapist. A treatment plan is implemented based upon the recommendations from the referring physician and the findings of the evaluation. The therapists are available for on-going communication with the referring physician(s) to discuss the patient's therapy plan and treatment goals and to report on the patient's continuing progress.

Treatment Goals

Physical therapists develop therapeutic plans to improve overall performance, strength and conditioning, balance and coordination, posture and mechanics, to help decrease the incidence of repetitive injuries and allow athletes to remain active and competitive.
Components of this program may include evaluation, examination and assessment of injury.

At the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center, our goals are to:

  • Decrease pain
  • Improve movement
  • Improve posture
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve tolerance to work
  • Increase strength and endurance

Treatment Procedures

The spine experts at the center use a wide variety of treatment procedures to help optimize function and reach personal goals for patients on an individualized basis. Treatment procedures may include:

  • Gait training
  • Pilates-based exercise
  • Proper posture and body mechanics instruction
  • Range of motion and stretching exercises
  • Soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Strengthening and pain relief exercises
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Trunk stabilization
  • Modalities
  • Motion analysis

Home Program

Patients receive instructions on how to carry on a therapeutic program in their own home. This physical therapy program is designed for patients on an individual basis by our licensed physical therapists.

Bridging the Gap Program

This special program is designed to help ease the transition from a hospital-based physical therapy program to a community fitness program.

How to Contact Us

Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
444 So. San Vicente Blvd.
Suite 701
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 423-9200
Fax: (310) 423-9290